A: Yes! Instead of hauling around portable DVD cases or coloring books and crayons, there are endless kid-friendly educational apps available on iTunes and Google Play. With Thanksgiving Coloring Book kids can digitally color and decorate turkeys. And Crayola ColorStudio, available on the iPad, with a custom digital stylus, lets kids color and interact with animated coloring book pages. Another great app is Cookie Doodle, which lets kids create and decorate virtual, and less messy, cookies for the grand Thanksgiving feast.
Q: And weather apps?
A: Winter Survival Kit is the app every family needs on their phone while traveling. This app will detect your exact location if you get trapped in a snowstorm and let you know how long your car can run with the amount of gas in your tank. It also can notify family, friends and emergency responders to let them know you are safe or where you are located. Don't forget to take your phone charger along.
PAULA BURKES, BUSINESS WRITER